well worth it

January 29, 2012

Over the weekend, I went where no man has ever gone before — the Lululemon Warehouse sale in Chicago. Aaand that first statement is a lie because I’m pretty sure everybody and their mother went to find some Lulu that was on sale.

I have never been to a warehouse sale before this, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I tried to find out what to expect from my good ole friend Google, I came up with absolutely nothing. Even when I asked people what the prices were like, everyone just told me it “was worth it”. Weellllll, “worth it” can mean many things depending on the person.

I know the sale is over — I’m not writing this so everyone can get upset that I’m posting about how awesome it was after the fact. The reason why I am writing about the sale is so someday when someone else tries to find out from their good ole friend Google what a Lululemon warehouse sale is like, they’ll be able to find the information I couldn’t.

The warehouse sale was held Friday-Sunday, each day 9 a.m. through 9 p.m.. It was located in a large convention center room in Rosemont, which is a hop skip and (literally) a jump away from O’Hare airport. I was contemplating going on Friday evening right after work since I work near Rosemont, but after hearing that lines were incredibly long, I didn’t think it would be a good idea to keep the pupster caged up for that long.

Alas, I weaseled in my mom into coming with me on Saturday afternoon. When we arrived, we had to park in a parking garage ($13 flat rate) — when we arrived to the convention center, there was a line to get into the actual sale. For us, it didn’t take too long — we probably waited a total of 45 minutes. In the line, we were instructed of the following:

  • no jackets
  • no purses
  • no cameras
  • no food or drink
  • credit card, debit card, or cash only — ID needed with credit card

Basically, if you were bringing anything into the sale with you, it needed to be the size of your hand. I brought a small Coach wristlet with cash, a credit card, and my drivers license. If you had other belongings that you were not allowed to bring into the sale (jackets, purses, etc.), there was a very organized bag check area right outside the sale entrance when you were still waiting in line. I’m a freak and wouldn’t want to check anything, but they had a great system going and everything was in plain sight.

Upon entering the sale, all of the merchandise was sectioned by size. All of their gear had a colored sticker on the tag, indicating the pricing on posters all around the convention center room. Since I went on Saturday, prices were also already being slashed even more than what they originally were on Friday. I didn’t think the crowds inside the sale were too bad — everyone was basically “in the zone” trying to find their beloved gear, so nobody was really pushing/shoving/being nasty/etc.

The prices were in a sense, awesome. I ended up walking away from the sale with three items (a lot of self restraint was practiced!!).

A limited edition Scuba Hoodie (with removable fur hood lining)

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Original Price: $148
Warehouse Price: $55

Groove Crops

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Original Price: $86
Warehouse Price: $36

Embrace Tank

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Original Price: ?? I couldn’t find one on the website, but tops similar are anywhere from $54-$64
Warehouse Price: $32

I’d have to agree with everyone else — it was definitely worth it. All the merchandise was at least 50% off, if not ore. For someone who does not have many Lululemon pieces, I was able to find much more than just these three items that I wanted to buy, but limited funds stopped me from purchasing more. If you are someone who has a lot of Lulu clothes, you might have thought otherwise. There was nothing new out on the floor, and there were definitely no Wunder Unders in sight.

At time, you really had to dig to find some good stuff. There were absolutely no tanks in my size when I arrived on the racks — the only reason I got this tank was because my mom dug through a huge bin of items people decided last minute not to buy (hence the reason why it is all wrinkled).

I am undoubtedly happy I decided to go and even ore happy with my purchases. I didn’t see any defective items out on the rack — it was all high quality things! My mom, who I asked to go with me, was not planning on buying anything and ended up getting more gear than I did! I’m pretty sure I created a monster. I would most definitely go to another sale!

Question: Have you ever been to a warehouse sale before? Any good finds?

{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie January 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I’ve never been to a warehouse sale! It’s definitely not a london trend.. but i wish it was! LOVE the crops!

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chelcie @ chelcie's food files January 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I would have definitely attended! I love the items you got!

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Michelle (Peachy Palate) January 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I LOVE lululemon…really wish we had them in Ireland. Picked up a scuba hoodie in Vancouver and wish I had of bought pants and another couple of hoodies; they’re amazing, great for the chilly mornings! great buys.

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Alicia @Bakeaholic January 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Love that hoodie! I have the grey/white one and love the fur – I also got it at our
Lululemon outlet store – I visit it all the time! And find great sales, and I never buy anything at full price anymore, I just wait til they get it in at the outlet store and buy it there! I got three shorts, regular like 250$ for all three, for 45$! Definitely worth the wait to get it on sale! I’ve never been to a warehouse sale though – sounds crazy!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I almost got the white/grey one but I got nervous because I spill a lot! :)

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’m glad you got some good stuff! I can’t wait until I have a job…

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Katie January 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Awesome!

There used to be a denim warehouse sale down the street from where I lived in college every couple of months, and I still live in all the jeans I got there.

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Oh my gosh LOVE the hoodie!!
And I go to the Delia’s warehouse sale every year. I’m starting to feel a bit too old for a lot of their clothing but I still always find a few things that I love!

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mego @watchmegorun January 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

*sigh* I saw that there was a sale in chicago and sooo wanted to make the trek from michigan this weekend. My boyfriend didn’t deem it ‘worthy’ of the trip. Great finds!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I don’t have any lululemon clothing but I hear its pretty great. I would *so* want to try it on before I would spend any dough on the stuff. You did get some deals though and I love that cute new sweater! HA! That is too funny about your mom- glad she got some loot too!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

They had fitting rooms!

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Judy January 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

That’s where I found my wedding dress…many moons ago. It was rack after rack of dresses, no rhyme or reason, a small curtained off section for trying on. Luck was with me, though, as I found the exact dress I’d found in a store and LOVED, but thought was a bit too pricey for my budget. The dress in the warehouse was about 3 sizes too large, but I knew a wonderful seamstress at home. The dress was 1/2 the price of the one in the bridal store, so I took a chance and bought it. My seamstress didn’t let me down! Surprisingly, though, I haven’t done one since!

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CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ January 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I have both those capris and that work out top and am super in love with them, and pretty much anything else Lulu Lemon (minus the hefty price tag!) I have never been to a warehouse sale BUT the outlet store, when they have sales, is pretty darn awesome.
I dont know if you have one near you, but there is one 30 minutes away from my mom so when I know it is sale time, we ALWAYS make the trip. So so so worth it!
glad you got some good steals!!!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

The closest one to me is in Orlando… umm very far away! :)

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janae@hungryrunnergirl January 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

SO SO FUN!! I am glad you went…next time I am flying out to come with you. Love the stuff you got!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Please do!!

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Britton January 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Geez, I wish I lived close to where one of these takes place!! I would absolutely go crazy !! I love a good sale, especially on good, high quality running gear!!! It sounds like so much fun!!! Congrats on your purchases! You will definitely be exercising in style! :)

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Clare @ Fitting It All In January 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

so glad you went!! i was so curious about it.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I’ve went to the line of clothing called Prana, their warehouse sale. 10 years ago THEY were the Lululemon of the yoga world. They are still big, not as big as Lulu, but they are a San Diego based company and have a warehouse sale. Unfortunately with all the yogis here, EVERYONE goes to it and the merchandise is very picked over, very fast. And probably not worth it, actually, b/c it’s SUCH a freakin’ mob scene. Not even worth it, for me.

Glad the Lulu was worth it and you SCORED girl. WOW!!!! Congrats!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

i love the stuff you got!! sounds like a fun time. i’m ALL about bargain shopping, especially when it comes to quality stuff.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

You and me both. I’m the kind of person where I’d rather spend a lot of money on quality pieces than spend not a lot of money on stuff that will be ruined within a year!

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I had a friend waiting in that line the other day… I actually avoid lulu bc I know it would become an unhealthy addiction!

And you were a hop, skip, and a jump away from where I work. ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Yeah I still don’t understand why we’ve never met. I’m so serious.

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Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I love those crops! Great finds!

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Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach January 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I go to L.A.M.B. sample sales twice a year in the city. It’s a big to-do for my friend and I. We’re pros now but the same rules apply as this Lulu warehouse sale. No jackets, bags, etc. Just your wallet. It gets pretty crazy!! But the prices are AWESOME. The secret we discovered… go the last day. The prices are slashed even more – especially towards the last few hours since they’re trying to get rid of everything. The only downfall is the quality of the last items. They’re typically still there because they’re a) not all that special b) poor quality (worn out, scratched, etc.) Overall – it’s always worth it for us to find some goodies – even if its just a couple things. Oh – and if you’re not familiar with L.A.M.B. – it’s Gwen Stefani’s line of handbags, wallets, clutches, etc. HIGHLY recommended. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Is that in Chicago? That sounds awesome!

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Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach January 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Aw, no…it’s only in NYC. Come visit! :)

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katie January 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

SO awesome you got to go!

Love the hoodie you got, super cute!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

love the jacket!! How funn :D

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Emily January 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Ahhh! I’m so jealous. You found some amazing stuff.
Aren’t warehouse sales crazy?? I love them though. They’re exciting. (:

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

They’re crazy AWESOME!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’ve never been to a warehouse sale, but if lululemon had one near me I’d be there in a heartbeat!!! I practically live in workout gear. Their clothes are so comfy. Btw do you like the thumb hole in their hoodies or does it annoy you?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I like it when I’m just lounging around but when I’m actually doing something, I roll it up so it doesn’t get ruined!

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Lindsay January 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I’ve never been to a warehouse sale before… but Gap has a distribution center/warehouse store about 30 minutes away from where I live. It’s tricky because it’s a huge mix of things they’ve made too much of and sometimes things that are defective. I’ve gotten awesome deals there before – shoes for $3.99, jeans for $1.99 (the zipper was broken, but that’s an easy fix!) The best part is, it’s all the brands – Piperlime, Athleta, Banana etc. so you never know what you’ll find!

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char @ char on a mission January 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Not to rant at you, but it seriously does suck when lululemon is a Canadian company and although, they do have warehouse sales IN Canada, I don’t think we’ve had one (especially in Ontario) in over a year. $36 for groove crops is friggen amazing. I think that’s how much I got them for when I worked there! Nice work!

I haven’t been to a warehouse sale yet, just because they’ve been located in spots that are well over an hour’s drive away, which doesn’t seem worth it for me; especially if I have to wait a further 1-2 hours just to get in. I am contemplating going next time though, just hoping that I can find some pants for that price as well!

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Courtney January 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I think they had one in Ottawa last week.

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char @ char on a mission January 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Ya I saw, but that’s 5.5 hours away from me =( lol

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

haha!!!! I totally understand where you’re coming from Char!!! I would be ad if I were you too!

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Lauren @ Fun, fit and Fabulous! January 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

OH MY GOSH I would have been in serious trouble (or my wallet would have)! Props for the self restraint. I have that tank and, if I remember correctly, you’re right about the original price. Do you know if they ever have warehouse sales anywhere else?? Cut jacket!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I’m not sure where else the warehouse sales are – I know they have a few in Canada, but I have never heard of another one in the US!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Wow that sounds awesome! You got some great purchases…and I’m really jealous haha. I’ve never gotten anything from lululemon because I can’t afford their stuff, but I definitely could have afforded a couple of things at that sale!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I have one lulu item….a head band. The prices always keep me away…but I WOULD LOOOOOOVE to go to a warehouse sale! Discounts are where its at!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

:) THe headbands were on sale for $4!! woohooo!

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Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Awesome! I love Lulu, but all my pieces are from gifts, I am too cheap to buy it usually. I am not sure we have any warehouse sales around here but I should start listening for them. Thanks for sharing!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

HA! I actually already have my birthday list all ready to go.

- full length wunder unders
- scoop neck tank

Done and done.

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I went to the Lulu sale here in Ottawa just last weekend — and I agree, it was totally worth it! I went on the Friday and got some great items (there was more stock options on the first day), and then went back on the Sunday afternoon to enjoy the even more reduced prices.
All in all, it was great! Very organized, lots of stock in all sizes, and some great deals!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I wish I had gone on Friday so I could have gotten a few tanks!

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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest January 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I didn’t make it down there, but my friend did. The prices are definitely better than the Lulu outlet I went to last year in Orlando and better than the “we made too much” sale online. You got some great pieces too! Enjoy!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I almost went to the outlet in Orlando but y mom and I didn’t want to pay for a cab to get there!

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Courtney January 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

UGH so jealous!! I just bought that jacket last week in the store for 108! I almost drove up from MO but wasnt sure if it was worth it!! Next time I think it will be!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Aw man! At least you still have a super cute hoodie! :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Oh my gosh are those prices for real!? That’s amazing! Now I’m seriously regretting not waiting in the 4 hour line to go to the sale a few summers go! :P

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

haha! Maybe they’ll come back!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I have a pair of groove crops & I <3 them! So comfy!

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Emma January 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I went to the warehouse sale as well..it was so incredible! I actually saw you there, but I felt like a huge creeper and didn’t say hi, plus you looked like you were in the shopping zone :) I actually was able to snag a pair of wunder unders somehow, I guess they were pretty rare to come across though. I’m hoping they have another one next year!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I so wish you would have said hello!!!! I hope I wasn’t doing anything oddly embarrassing like fighting with another person for a pair of pants. ;) I swear that didn’t really happen. I’m so jealous you were able to snag a pair of wunder unders! You are very lucky!

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Emma January 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Haha you looked like you were controlling yourself better than I was. My arms are so sore today from holding piles and piles of clothes!

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Jenny January 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

for the record, I’m still accepting late birthday presents ;) kidding! but it looks like you scored some really awesome deals. Have you ever seen the warehouse sales for bridal gowns? I’m pretty sure there’s been a few casualties.

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Kris | iheartwellness.com January 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I’m a warehouse sale lover, although I do find the hassle to kinda get to me ;) I’ve been to the Lulu warehouse sale here in Vancouver and the sales were never that spunky :(

I LOVE the scuba!!!! Ahhhh nothing makes me feel better than a new fussy inside lulu hoodie!

xxoo

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Kate January 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

i love love LOVE that hoodie!!! what a steal!

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Alysha @Shesontherun January 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Ive never been to a warehouse sale. How did you hear about it? I hope they have on in Milwaukee :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 30, 2012 at 6:11 am

I actually would have never heard about it if someone hadn’t tweeted me about it!

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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I have never been to a wharehouse sale, but would love to! Especially something like that, or a Nike sale. :) Looks like you got some great stuff!

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Michelle (Better with Berries) January 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I’ve never been to a warehouse sale of any kind – but I feel much more prepared now if I ever do decide to do one! I think it would have to be for something I really love. I don’t handle crowds well – I get tired of waiting in line just by looking at one :-)

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats January 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm

So jealous! That sounds like such an awesome sale. Do you know if they have warehouse sales in other locations around the country?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 30, 2012 at 6:11 am

I’m not sure. I know they have some in Canada!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I think there are only a couple of Lululemon outlet stores in the country and luckily I live about 30 minutes from 1 of them. So while I’ve never been to the warehouse sale, I’ve been to the outlet store plenty of times! Seems like the prices are comparable (if not better even?) to what you paid and there’s no crazy restrictions. I guess for once I should be happy about where I live!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 30, 2012 at 6:11 am

Oh you are way too lucky!!

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Koko @ Koko Likes January 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

SO happy you posted about the sale! I had seen people twitter or say they were going, but had no idea what the prices would be like! STEAL!!!!

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Khushboo January 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Wow great prices! Prices are just about the only thing I love about warehouse sales! I’ve been to a couple and fortunately I walked out a happy girl. Can you believe that I had never even heard about Lulemon before blogs- guess they haven’t come to London yet!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

I hadn’t heard about them before blogs either. Oh the bad influence!

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Kristin @ STUFT Mama January 30, 2012 at 12:07 am

Oh.. I’ve never been to a warehosue sale before, but now I REALLY want to!!!! Ahhh!!! I’m so amazed you walked out of there with only three things. I wish I could’ve gone with you. I may have been a bad influence though. :) Hope you had a great weekend Chelsea!

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Alaina January 30, 2012 at 6:59 am

I have never been to a wearhouse sale before! I heard about a J Crew wearhouse sale that Teri (Foodie Stays Fit) went to last year. I’m tempted, for the savings. But I do not like the crowds. :-)

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Paige @ Running Around Normal January 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Ahh, you went! Jealous :)
I had to pass. I couldn’t justify going when I just spent $$ there (a normal store) the weekend before… Guess I should have just waited, dang.
Also, I don’t know that I could show the same restraint – those prices are awesome!!!

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J @ ... semplicemente j ... January 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

Can’t stand the crowds so I gave in to a full price running pant … next on my list … the running bra!

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Sarah January 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I dont understand the lululemon hype, they have some cute stuff but not for the price.

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Jentry Nielsen January 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I’ve never been to a warehouse sale but have heard lots of great reviews from them! I live in a smaller town and they never seem to have anything like that! Seems like they would be fun though!
Good to know though, if I do ever happen to go to one, only bring a small wristlet. I too would have a hard time checking my things, no offense to the checkers! :)

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Lindsay February 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

This is going to be a very unpopular comment, but I just don’t *get* Lululemon. I see the brand everywhere I go; I must have been the only female in yoga class today not wearing something Lululemon. I like the style, but the prices just seem so ridiculous! Even marked down it doesn’t compare to what you can find at Marshall’s or Target. I admit that I’ve never actually tried any of it on. Is that when the magic happens? Fill me in!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Lindsay, I totally understand where you’re coming. I never thought I would be one of “those girls”. ;)

Honestly though, wunder unders are the best things that have ever graced my behind. Magical. I promise.

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Kate September 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

It does depend on the person, whether its worth it. I’m really glad you posted this because the warehouse sale is combing to Los Angeles, and at $15 for parking at the LA convention center, the prices you got are not worth it to me. You can get those prices in store with a good sale. $36 for pants? $32 for a tank top? I don’t think that’s worth it at all. If you go to outlet malls you’ll get prices like $12 for tank tops and $16 for pants.

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